Fourth quarter: Quick analysis

September, 2, 2010
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QB Mark Brunell returned for a cameo, after an injury to Kellen Clemens, and he delivered his finest moment of the preseason. Actually, it was his only moment. Brunell found Santonio Holmes for a 51-yard touchdown pass, giving the Jets a 21-17 lead. It was child's play for Holmes, who wasted a fourth-string cornerback named Geoff Pope. But give Brunell some props; he got the ball there, hitting Holmes in stride. It was his last pass of the night (the last of the season, the Jets hope), as Clemens returned.

• As expected, Holmes had a full night, playing about three quarters. He finished with four catches for 97 yards, including the big touchdown catch. There isn't much more that needs to be said. Everybody knows that Holmes is a very good player; he didn't need to prove anything. This was all about getting some work before his four-game suspension kicks in.

• After a slow start, the Jets' defense responded nicely. After surrendering a field goal on a seven-play, 46-yard drive to start the game, Rex Ryan's crew tightened up against the Eagles' third-string QB, rookie Mike Kafka. Some of the defensive standouts: OLB Vernon Gholston, NT Matt Kroul (two sacks), S James Ihedigbo and CB Brian Jackson (forced fumble and recovery).

• Understandably, Ryan wasn't happy with the team's ball security. The Jets lost three fumbles, bringing their pre-season total to eight lost -- and a total of 11. Ryan told WCBS TV at halftime, "Ridiculous ... You better hold on to the ball if you want to make our football team. We seem to be playing some defense tonight. I'd like to keep them off the scoreboard on offense." Ouch. Hear that, Joe McKnight?

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